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Scala Sancta
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The term "Scala Sancta" refers specifically to the Holy Stairs located in the Lateran Palace, or Patriarchium Lateranese, as well as more generally to the entire building, which includes the private chapel known as the Sancta Sanctorum. This palace is adjacent to the Church of St John Lateran, and was built on the land given to the Papacy by Constantine. It was home to the Popes until their move to Avignon in the early fourteenth century. The Lateran Palace was substantially renovated by Sixtus V in the 1580s. Prints and drawings from the Re…

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Alison Fleming, “Scala Sancta”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emp_SIM_000169>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004181298, 20091023

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